Here is the next video I've done for my collaborative novel with masterful wordsmith Kiersten White entitled IN THE SHADOWS, out on April 29th from Scholastic. In general terms, it's a supernatural mystery that is told part in wordless full-color art chapters (like a silent movie) and part in lush, lyrical text chapters. Each part follows characters through their storylines that later coalesce as revelations occur. More deeply, it's the story of five teens who meet at major turning points in their lives. They are all experiencing loss of varying sorts and dealing with it the best they can. But then, they are all confronted by true evil that has come to town, and have to decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves and their new friends. One boy in particular chooses to seek and exact revenge at all costs, but while he confronts and hunts evil, evil, in turn, hunts back!
With only FIVE days remaining until my collaborative supernatural mystery YA novel with Kiersten White comes out (!!) we decided to celebrate by showing another grouping of interior art from the book. Once again though, I should say this book isn't only about the (222 pages of full-color, fully-painted!) art chapters, it also has AMAZING, character-driven, lyrical, gothic, creepy and haunting text chapters by Kiersten. Fans of hers will be blown away as she's flexing different muscles in this book, and newbies to her crazy-awesome writing will be won over. Truly, she blew me away with what she's created!
In promotion -- and pre-release celebration! -- of our collaborative book IN THE SHADOWS (published by Scholastic), Kiersten White and I will be attending the Texas Library Association conference this Thursday (April 10th) for the "Young Adult Round Table: Other Worlds, Exciting Reads" panel from 10:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. followed later by a signing from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. We're both very excited to be guests at the conference and look forward to the opportunity to talk about our book, meet readers!, bloggers!, other creators and industry folks, and of course, meet all of the awesome librarians (!!!) that will be there. I truly cannot wait!
For those attending TLA, we'll be bringing along some nifty bookmarks of/for our book. Here's a look at that (and just to be clear, there aren't two versions, it's two-sided):
You may notice that there are a couple of reviews listed on the bookmark...and you also may notice that one of them is a STARRED review! We are over the moon about that and feel humbled and honored to have a major review site (and a major reviewer!) enjoy our book so much.
Thank you Booklist! :)
Oh! Whoops! What are these? Huh?! That's weird! I'll have to find out what those are and get back to you (heh heh)...
Lastly, we're excited to premiere our first (of several!) videos about our book! Here's the first, which is kind of a "teaser-trailer" of sorts showing a tiny taste of what readers are in for. If you like it, feel free to share, embed, Tweet, blog, sky-write, etc this video as much as you like!
Again, our book is out on April 29th, but Kiersten and I will be doing a pre-release event and book-signing at Powell's Cedar Hills on Sunday, April 27th at 4pm. Hope to see you there & thanks so much!
A few months ago news was announced through Publishers Weekly that I had a book coming out through Scholastic called IN THE SHADOWS. It's a collaboration with my AMAZING co-creator (and NY Times bestselling author) Kiersten White told part in an art-story by me and partly in text by Kiersten. We'd been working on the book since the spring or summer of 2012 and have been dying to reveal more details about it. While we still want to stay clear of divulging too much of the plot other than to say it's a supernatural mystery (more details if you want them *here*) but we can at last share some of my artwork from the book.
Again, it's a novel told partly in artwork, and we couldn't be happier with how the hardcovers have turned out both in how the interiors printed and in the overall design of the hardcover and the jacket (cover by me, jacket design by Scholastic's designer extraordinaire Chris Stengel -- thanks Chris! :) Here's a shot of me and also Kiersten receiving a couple of early samples recently:
Those who know me know it goes without saying, but just in case, I'll restate that it has been an absolute constant treat to work with someone as devastatingly talented as Kiersten on this project, and I'm confident I can speak for us both when I say it was a total pleasure to work with David Levithan as our editor from Scholastic. The book is in stores on April 29th, but we'll be doing an early event shortly before it's official date. We'll also be attending numerous conferences and conventions in the coming months (details to follow soon!).
Additionally, I've been re-designing my website and have added the IN THE SHADOWS samples there, as well as some other artwork done over the past couple years that hasn't been collected or shown in it's entirety online (such as the Daughter of Smoke and Bone graphic sampler art for example). Check it all out at www.jimdibartolo.com
Lastly, Kiersten and I will be releasing more samples of the artwork as well as some other news in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned.
My family and I just got back from an amazing trip to Mexico with some other creative-folks that we knew to varying degrees to begin with, but now know them not only as wonderful, excessively talented people one-and-all, but also as dear friends. Thank you Cassie Clare, Josh Lewis, Holly Black, Kelly Link, Gavin Grant, Sarah Rees-Brennan, (and Ursula!) for the invite and the creation of such a battery-charging retreat!
While there, so many story ideas, projects, and plot-lines were being bandied about that it felt like there were dozens of people staying with us! I did a little bit of brainstorming of my own on various things I want to work on, and also, all the while, I was drawing in my sketchbook for fun. Here are some of those pieces:
Prior to the trip, I also did these couple of sketchbook pieces based on actors in the show BANSHEE:
Shameless plug time!
If you like my art and love a good story, please pre-order a copy of my collaborative novel with Kiersten White entitled IN THE SHADOWS from Scholastic.
Click HERE to order from our local indie store Powell's,